Thorn Creek Garlic Fest
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Thorn Creek Nature Center hosts Garlic Fest, an afternoon celebrating organically grown garlic with recipes, cooking, crafts, hikes, planting & growing demonstrations, garlic refreshments, music and garlic galore. Doors open at noon, no early birds. Explore the organic garlic grown on Thorn Creek’s historic farm, delicious baked goods and wonderful treats with garlic baked right into them. The Garlic Market Place features many different varieties of garlic for sale to eat now through winter or to plant in October. Free samples of raw garlic with a parsley “chaser”, will tickle taste buds. Any day in autumn is a good day for a walk in the woods and Garlic Fest day is no exception. At 1 p.m. join a naturalist for a hike following the forest’s fall changes. Garlic and organic gardening books, garlic roasters and keepers will also be available for purchase. Garlic Fest features Art King and demonstrations on vermi-composting. The basis of all organic gardening is compost – household vegetable waste recycled into nutrient rich fertilizer. There are cooking demonstrations with chefs Tim Chappell and Shawn Hamende, two time winners of the Kankakee amateur chef contest. Demonstrations will occur throughout the day. An original graphite drawing by artist Marikay Peter Whitlock titled “Prairie Chapel” is available for a donation of $75 or more to the Friends of Thorn Creek Woods. All proceeds benefit the preserve, which was the inspiration for the drawing. The Garlic Fest bake sale will feature many items with garlic – garlic chocolate chip cookies and the like- plus water, coffee & tea. Visitors create a garlic braid to take home and learn how to clean garlic. A raffle of unique baskets of goodies and specialty items will be held with drawings at the end of the Fest. Raffle tickets are $1, or six for $5, and are available now at the Nature Center. The garlic is grown organically on Thorn Creek’s historic farm using the highest organic standards including methods and practices that maintain and enhance healthy soil. These include crop rotation, planting cover crops, composting, and using organic fertilizer. Genetically modified organisms and synthetic herbicides, pesticides or fertilizers are not used. Why buy organic? Organic methods prevent soil erosion, protect water quality, save energy, promote biodiversity, and produce foods that taste better! Growing organically means protecting future generations, keeping chemicals off your plate, and supporting a true economy that protects farm workers and gives small farmers a chance to compete. When you raise or purchase organic foods, you sustain life- affirming farming practices, help protect the environment, and give yourself the gifts of better flavor in your food and better health for your body. A great family afternoon adventure, Garlic Fest is for all ages. Parking is located across the street. For information, call, email or visit the website. The nature center is open to the public noon-4 p.m. Friday through Sunday.